Gray, Arnold, Jerry – all bad.
Something I wrote earlier this month under of the Daily Digest postings…
People didn’t think Jerry Brown could cut costs. But I remember reading stories of how, back in the 1970s, he lived in an apartment in Sacramento instead of the Governor’s mansion, and drove his Plymouth to work instead of riding a chauffered limo.
Upon taking office this year, he’s eliminated the "Office of the First Lady" and cut his own office’s budget by 20%, has called for half the state’s cell phones to be turned in, is cutting state worker pay by 10%, and is requiring all 13,000+ state vehicles’ purpose and necessity be "rejustified".
And he’s putting the taxation choice to voters: raise taxes or cut services deeper.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget
“We’ve had 10 years of gimmicks and tricks,” he said. “All of that puts us in a mess. It’s not honest, and we are now going to make it transparent as possible. It is better to take our medicine now and get the state on a balanced footing.”
Just to give an idea of the budget deficit: even if funding for all state prisons and state universities were cut in half, there’d still be a big huge hole in the deficit.
Already proposing more than Schwarzenegger.
Proposing more fiscal restraint than Arnold isn’t sayin’ much especially since that’s the leading reason he was elected in the first place. California owes Gray Davis an apology.
No one owes Gray Davis anything. He was terrible. Arnold was a serious disappointment ( understatement here). We’ve had Jerry Brown before and I can’t see that he will change his spots. No matter who gets in the spending never seems to diminish. They all want someone else’s program to be cut so in the end nothing gets cut. It is always more gimmicks and trying to increase taxes.